The past year saw NASA move away from the space shuttle program, continue its exploration efforts, and pursue paths that would return crews to deep space exploration missions. Images Courtesy of NASA and Wired4Space

This year marked the 12th year of continuous crewed operation. Photo Credit: NASA

Looking Back-Looking Forward: 50 Years with NASA

By Emma Sylvester Brown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – For the past 50 years, NASA has been responsible for achievements in space—and on Earth. In the past year alone, NASA succeeded in landing the most sophisticated rover on the surface of Mars, carried out the first-ever commercial mission to the International Space Station, and advanced the systems needed to send humans deeper into space.

“We are able to keep the United States the world leader in space exploration—and continue to implement America’s bipartisan space plan—because of our talented and dedicated work force,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

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